Thursday, August 13, 2009

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Healthcare Reform!

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida’s multi-phase corporate campus. Five buildings situated around a new lake in a heavily landscaped, pedestrian setting.

If the following looks like a blank page to you, you must be a wing nut republican or a prostitute for the insurance companies who can not see the facts.

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the US health care system ranks last among other major rich countries for quality, access and efficiency. We are the only nation that does not ensure access to health care through universal coverage. The US ranked last in most areas, including access to health care, patient safety, timeliness of care, efficiency and equity. Americans were also last in terms of whether they had a regular physician. 15 percent of the US population has no health insurance and greater percentages are under-insured. "We spend three times what the average country spends on a day of hospital care and we also spend twice what the average country spends on prescription medication."

While the U.S. spends more on health care than other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the use of health care services in the U.S. is below the OECD median by most measures. Emergency rooms are typically at, near, or over capacity. Long wait times have become a problem nationally as the uninsured use emergency rooms for their primary care.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall performance, and 72nd by overall level of health out of the 191 member nations included in the study.

The Cato Institute argues that health care is the most heavily regulated industry in the United States. A study published by the Cato Institute suggests that this regulation provides benefits in the amount of $170 billion but costs the public up to $340 billion.

Out of the U.S. GDP;

20% is spent on all federal outlays.

4.1% is spent on education.

4.0% is spent on welfare.

3.2% is spent on the military.

1.7% is spent on transportation.

0.5% is spent on NASA.

17% of the GDP is spent on health care, with the fastest growing percentage of GDP expenditure, will soon eclipse the total federal budget.

Why are people lying and fighting so hard to retain the status quo? Payola for the politicians. Big profits for the insurance companies, and a segment of the population too stupid to realize they are being lied to.

Obamacare will take away your children! So says former Hollywood tough guy and current conservative columnist, Chuck Norris.

WTF Chuck!


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